Five things to remember about Trump when vexed.
Sometimes, all the time, every rabbit hole that lurks at the bottom of every second, it feels like there's an alien species in the White House. Unfortunately, he's all too human. Here are five things to keep in mind when you struggle to grasp his moods and behavior, excerpted below.
1. Trump is a Damaged Personality
He needs to dominate everyone around him and is profoundly susceptible to ego injuries tied to not 'winning', not being the best, not being sufficiently praised and acclaimed, etc.
2. Trump is a Great Communicator
Trump has an intuitive and profound grasp of a certain kind of branding. It's not sophisticated. But mass branding seldom is. It is intuitive, even primal.
3. Trump's Hold on His Base Is Grievance
Despite all their differences, Trump meets his voters in a common perception (real or not) of being shunned, ignored and disrespected by 'elites.'
4. Trump is Possible Because of Partisan Polarization
No matter how unpopular Trump gets, Republican lawmakers will continue to support him because the chances of ending their careers is greater in a GOP primary than in a general election.
5. Trump is Surrounded By Extremists and Desperados
Trump is primarily driven by impulse, grievance, the need to dominate and the need to be praised. There are core political beliefs Trump has had for decades which we should expect him to stick to.